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Cutting off Cornwall? Businesses angered by roadworks

Works on the Tamar Bridge will continue for several weekends. Credit: ITV News

Businesses in Cornwall feel there's a deliberate bid to cut them off from the rest of Britain.

Just as the summer tourist season gets in full swing, the two main routes into the county have major roadworks, causing serious congestion. It means the bottleneck on the single carriageway section of the A30 at Temple will be worse than ever - with huge tailbacks expected while repairs are carried out on the Tamar Bridge.

John Andrews has been finding out more.

Cornwall Council and Highways England say they regret the disruption.

The work we are doing on the A30 at Temple, and on the A38 around Carkeel and at the Tamar Bridge will ultimately mean better and more reliable journeys into and out of Cornwall.

We appreciate roadworks do inconvenience drivers, and we regret any disruption caused, so we always try to stagger work on key routes, but there are occasions when the nature of the work requires better weather conditions and longer daylight hours. This is the case with these schemes which are collectively part of a significant investment on these roads used by over 70,000 vehicles a day.

– Cornwall Council and Highways England

Tamar Bridge works anger West Country businesses

One lane on the Tamar bridge will remain open in both directions during the work. Credit: ITV News

Business leaders in Devon and Cornwall are furious at a 'double whammy' of roadworks they say will seriously damage trade

The main road on the Tamar Bridge will be closed from 8pm Friday until 6am on Monday for the next two or three weekends. A side road will remain open in both directions but it will still cause delays.

To add to the problem, the A38 Carkeel roadworks will still be going on at the same time.

Bridge bosses say the work is vital, but local business people say it's terrible timing.

The timing of the roadworks has been criticised. Credit: ITV News

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Somerset road will remain closed until August

Work on the road at Beer Wall Credit: ITV News

People in Somerset cut off by flood relief work have had an apology from the county council - because the job will take an extra three weeks.

The A372 at Beer Wall near Othery was shut by floods and pumping work for months last year.

It's been closed since the beginning of April so culverts could be installed, and it's not due to open until some time in August.

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Bank holiday rail strike called off

First Great Western expects to run its full advertised timetable. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The planned rail strike on bank holiday Monday has been cancelled after the TSSA and RMT unions received a new pay offer from Network Rail.

The industrial action has been called off pending the outcome of a meeting with Network Rail representatives next week.

Rail strike affecting bank holiday weekend

Rail workers have voted for industrial action. Credit: iona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

There will be a rail strike during the bank holiday weekend - Network Rail employees in the RMT and TSSA unions have voted for industrial action, affecting services on bank holiday Monday (25 May), as well as Tuesday 26 May and the morning of Wednesday 27 May.

First Great Western say refunds are available for customers who have already bought tickets during the strike period, and those with tickets for travel on Monday and Tuesday may also be use them on Sunday Wednesday.

They hope to operate the following services in our region:

  • Paddington – Plymouth, calling at Reading, Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads, Taunton, Tiverton, Exeter, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Ivybridge (select trains only) and Plymouth: Hourly
  • Exeter – Newton Abbot, stopping service: Hourly

The following services will not be running in our region from 00:01 Monday 25 May, and will be in delays on the Wednesday morning:

  • Beyond Plymouth to Penzance and on Devon and Cornwall branch line services
  • Between Reading and Taunton
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